There are no set times when we transition from
childhood to youth,
youth to young adulthood,
young adulthood to middle age, or
middle age to old age.
The changes do come, though.
Still, we carry some aspects of our past phases of life into the phase in which we are currently living.
Lord, help us to carry the necessary and good from all the stages of our lives into our present experiences.
By your grace help us to leave behind what needs to be left behind and to assimilate what needs to be assimilated.
Help us to change—to age—gracefully, wisely, and willingly.